Come out into the light. The Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom He has starred in hundreds of anecdotes and stories but none like the time he personally intervened to prevent his cousin Edward of Kent from being kidnapped by the Irish paramilitary group IRA. As revealed by a new biography of the monarch, the incident occurred in 1971, when the Duke of Kent was 35 years old.
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The cousin of the UK monarch had been deployed to Belfast with the army unit in which he was then serving when the then Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Lord O’Neil, received a call alerting him that the group Irish IRA paramilitary had among his plans to kidnap to a member of the British royal family.
How Isabel II avoided the kidnapping of her cousin
O’Neil immediately contacted Queen Elizabeth II through her private secretary. After the meeting, the monarch requested a meeting with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Edward Heath, to ask him that his cousin could not be sent to Belfast without a special order.
“The Queen’s wish that the Duke not be sent to Belfast has been taken into account.”, the then British defense minister told Heath. According to the book Queen of Our Timesthe monarch did not intend for Edward of Kent to have special treatment, but was concerned that her cousin’s presence in Northern Ireland would endanger her entire unit.
Unfortunately, years later the IRA murdered several relatives of Elizabeth II. in 1979 attempted against Lord Louis Mountbatten, uncle of Philip of Edinburgh, while on summer vacation at home in Ireland. In addition to Mountbatten, two of his grandchildren and his mother-in-law lost their lives that day.
Edward of Kent was born in 1935 as the grandson of King George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck. He is a member of the British royal family and soon he will publish a book of memoirs in which he will talk about episodes of his life such as the tragic death of his father, Prince George of Kent, who died when the plane in which he was fighting during the Second World War crashed.